3 Things We Can Learn From Steve Harvey’s Universal Mistake

The crowning of a new queen; it is the pinnacle of any beauty pageant. And Sunday night with nearly 10 million people watching Live Host Steve Harvey botched it.

Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez (L) stands by as Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega places the sash on Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

When he announced Miss Colombia instead of Miss Philippines as the winner of the Miss Universe Pageant, Steve Harvey made arguably one of the biggest mistakes in the history of televised beauty pageants.

While our mistakes are not as legendary as Steve Harvey’s universal blunder, we will all make them.  However, the key is how and what did we learn from those mistakes.

With the social media world still ablaze with the events of Sunday, it is not too early to find that there are ton of things that we can learn from Steve Harvey’s “universal mistake.”  I am proud to use the space in this post to examine three things that we can learn.

1.Own Our Mistakes

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

Steve Harvey moved quickly; first on stage, when he said: OK folks … I have to apologize. Let me just take control of this. This is exactly what’s on the card. I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake. It was on the card.”

And then on Twitter:

Harvey Tweet

To own his mistake.

2.Forgive The Mistake

“When you initially forgive, it is like letting go of a hot iron. There is initial pain and the scars will show, but you can start living again.” – Stephen Richards

The naming of the wrong Miss Universe has caused a lot of pain, Miss Columbiahumiliation and rage. However, from all indications, Miss Columbia, Ariadna Gutierrez, who was wrongly crowned, has taken Harvey’s universal mistake with class and in her quick forgiveness has opened up a universe of new opportunities for herself.

3.Don’t Repeat The Mistake 

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

Steve Harvey, is a veteran personality hosting thousands of hours of television from gameshows, to talk shows, to specials.  In addition he does3 a daily four hour live morning radio show.

It seems, from pictures of the card that Steve Harvey was asked to read, and the account to what was on the teleprompter.  The pinnacle moment of the telecast,  the crowning of a new Miss Universe, was not practiced enough to ensure that a mistake would not take place.

Stever Harvey Ms. Univeser

Mistakes are often byproducts of our own carelessness and lack of attention to the details.  Therefore, we can all be assured that if he were to ever be chosen again to host Miss Universe,  Steve Harvey will be flawless in crowning the new queen.

Bringing It All Together

In this excellent post, 10 Mistakes Smart People Never Make Twice, Travis Bradberry, the author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the cofounder of TalentSmart, a consultancy that serves more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies said this:

Emotionally intelligent people are successful because they never stop learning. They learn from their mistakes, they learn from their successes, and they’re always changing themselves for the better.”

I am certain Miss Columbia, Ariadna Gutierrez, and the new Miss Universe, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the contestant from the Philippines, and the host, Steve Harvey, have a great deal of emotional intelligence.

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach waves after winning the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach waves after winning the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

And, like the rest of us, they have learned and will continue to learn from all of their mistakes, including this most universal of mistakes.

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